In December, delegates from more than 190 countries met outside Paris and, for the first time in more than 20 years, created a legally binding agreement to address climate change. Earlier in the year, President Obama pledged to cut U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025. Obama also pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund over three years, with the goal of helping lower-income communities around the world adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
One thing advocates will be watching in 2016 is whether efforts such as the Green Climate Fund are transparent and fully include input from the communities they seek to help. Getting funding through the congressional budget process each year will likely be an uphill struggle.
Additionally, Congress is expected to debate various pieces of legislation designed to undermine the U.S. pledge for cutting emissions.
Our office is now represented on the board of Creation Justice Ministries, which works with several major Christian denominations and regional faith groups on creation care policy. Learn more at creationjustice.org.–Tammy Alexander